Development Associate II, Upstream Process Development

This is a Development Associate II position in the Upstream Process Development group.  Primary responsibility will be to support mammalian cell culture processes used for the manufacture of therapeutic recombinant proteins.  The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting shake flask and bioreactor experiments, sampling, inoculating, feeding & harvesting bioreactors. Under general supervision, this person carries out routine to moderately complex experiments or procedures.



  • Work with the lab supervisor and project leads to support bench scale bioreactor and shake flask experiments with aseptic technique:
    • Sample shake flasks and bioreactors
    • Use cell counting and chemical analytic equipment
    • Record data accurately in batch record and notebooks
  • Develop skills to perform cell culture operation such as cell passaging, bioreactor inoculation, transfection, cloning, cell-imaging, and cryopreservation/cell-banking
  • Lead Satellite Bioreactor Support
    • Coordinating with project leads on operations and schedule
    • Be involved in internal project meetings
    • Coordinating with MSAT for transfer dates and times
    • Participate in transfer of satellite material and inoculation of satellite bioreactor
    • Writing batch records
    • Champion coordination with operations team for misc support requests
    • Daily monitoring of satellite bioreactors
    • Using data tools to overlay current project runs with past project runs
    • Provide updates to internal meetings as satellite bioreactors run
    • Provide run summary results
    • If supplemental experiments occur side-by-side with satellite (i.e. harvest characterization work), will also assist in the operation and completion of added scope
  • Data integrity checking
  • Deviation close out support for MSAT
  • Supplemental validation support projects
  • Onboarding new equipment to PD labs
  • Assist in support for Microbial and Mammalian labs
  • BMRAM support
    • Requesting asset IDs
    • Monitoring calibration schedules
    • Removing items from calibration schedules
  • Identify basic technical problems and solves these under direction of supervisor
  • Contribute to lab continuous improvement


  • Previous demonstrated experience in a lab environment
  • Candidate should have good mechanical aptitude and be comfortable working with computers and analytical equipment
  • Must have good written & oral communication skills and technical ability
  • Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Willingness to support evening and weekend work, as needed
  • Able to lift 30 pounds and have good manual dexterity to work in a laboratory environment
  • Must be dependable, detail-oriented, organized, and willing to perform both routine tasks and develop new skills
  • Academic or industrial experience hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture, media preparation and aseptic technique preferred



AGC Biologics offers a highly competitive compensation package and a friendly, collaborative culture that values personal initiative and professional achievement. AGC Biologics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.


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